Robert Zandvliet
Inner Landscapes

January 10 – February 23, 2008
at Peter Blum Chelsea

Peter Blum is pleased to announce the exhibition Robert Zandvliet: Inner Landscapes, opening on January 10th at Peter Blum Chelsea, 526 West 29th Street, New York. This is Robert Zandvliet’s third one-person exhibition with Peter Blum Gallery.

Inner Landscapes comprises four large-scale panoramic paintings (6 1/2 x 12 feet, 201 x 369 cm) as well as a group of vertical ‘mountain’ paintings (10 1/2 x 6 1/2 feet, 321 x 201 cm). There is also a series of smaller works. Landscape plays a central role in Zandvliet’s work. Zandvliet never refers to any specific landscape but is invested in the concept of landscape. His representations dissolve into a nearly abstract play of lines, colors, and surfaces in which the brushstrokes acquire an independent value.

In his new body of work, Zandvliet’s painterly gesture becomes even more accentuated and direct. This results in images in which the tectonics of colorful and bold brushstrokes reorients the perception of depth and surface. In 2005, Zandvliet stated: “I’m interested in the figurative as well as the abstract, but the turning point between the two interests me the most. That’s what I keep going back to.”

Robert Zandvliet was born in 1970 in Terband, Holland. In 1994, he was awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome. He has had numerous museum solo exhibitions, including ones at the De Pont Museum for Contemporary Art in Tilburg, The Netherlands (1997); the survey exhibition Peintures at the Musée d’art moderne et contemporain in Strasbourg, France (2000); Brushwood at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and at the Neues Kunstmuseum Luzern (2001); Beyond the Horizon. Malerei 1994-2005 at the Kunstmuseum Bonn and the De Pont Museum for Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands (2005). In 2008, Zandvliet will have a one-person exhibition at the Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, The Netherlands.

This exhibition has been generously supported by the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.